Morning Sports Update

SOCCER

Republic of Ireland striker Jon Walters says he is on the look out for a new club.

The 34 year old is expected to leave Burnley during the summer.


He made just five appearances for the Clarets during an injury ravaged season.

Walters says he has been fit since April and is eager to feature in Ireland’s upcoming international friendlies against France and the U-S-A

Arch rivals Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers go head to head in the S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division tonight.

Bohs will be aiming for a third straight victory over Rovers when they meet at Dalymount Park at 7.45.

At the same time top and bottom meet at Oriel Park, with Dundalk hosting Bray Wanderers.

Second place Cork City are away to a St Patrick’s Athletic tonight.

Third and fourth meet at the R-S-C with Waterford at home to Derry City, while Sligo face Limerick at the Showgrounds.

UCD hold a five-point lead at the top of the First Division ahead of this evening’s short trip to Cabinteely.

Second visits third at Eamon Deacy Park where Galway entertain Drogheda.

Finn Harps go to Wexford, Cobh take on Shelbourne.

And Athlone’s thirteenth attempt to pick up a first win of the season is a Midlands derby meeting with Longford Town.

RUGBY

Leo Cullen will name his Leinster side this afternoon for the Pro 14 final with Scarlets.

With Robbie Henshaw already out with a knee injury, Leinster are left sweating on the fitness of captain Isa Nacewa who has a calf issue.

A calf injury has also been Jonathan Sexton’s complaint since the semi final win over Munster, but it is hoped the out-half will be fit to take the number 10 jersey.

Leinster beat the Welsh side by 22 points in the semi finals of the Champions Cup last month, but prop Jack McGrath says Scarlets will have no qualms about returning to Dublin

CYCLING

The sixth stage of Rás Tailteann takes the riders on a 155-kilometre trek from Mitchelstown to Carlow.

Swiss rider Cyrile Thiery wears the leader’s yellow jersey with a 10-second lead on the peloton.

Best of the Kerry riders is Richard Maes in 39th.

RACING

Irish Previews

LEOPARDSTOWN
Friday, May 25
First Race: 5.20 (8 Races)

The Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes (7.25) is the featured event at Leopardstown on Friday evening where Aidan O’Brien’s Order Of St George is the star attraction among the five declared.

The 2016 Royal Ascot Gold Cup hero opened his account already earlier this season with the minimum of fuss at Navan and is seeking his third consecutive victory in this 1m6f contest with Ryan Moore booked to ride. The son of Galileo will be a short price to register his 13th career win before he embarks on another trip to the Royal meeting next month.

The Bulmers Live At Leopardstown Handicap (5.55) has attracted 16 runners headed by top-weight That Is The Spirit from the in-form Ballingarry yard of Richard O’Brien, also represented with recent Curragh winner Alans Pride who looks the stable pick under Billy Lee.

Biggest field of the night is the Breast Cancer Ireland Apprentice Handicap (7.55) with 23 going to post including recent Dundalk winner Archer’s Up from the Gavin Cromwell yard with Ross Coakley on board.

The going at Leopardstown is currently good to firm.

DOWN ROYAL
Friday, May 25
First Race: 5.30 (7 Races)

Down Royal stage a seven-race jumping fixture on Friday evening with the opening contest due off at 5.30.

Waterford trainer Henry De Bromhead sends a five-strong raiding party to the Ulster track including three challengers for the opening Proparamedics Maiden Hurdle where Noel Meade’s Roseriver Has could take all the beating under Sean Flanagan.

De Bromhead’s Little Folke under Dylan Robinson heads the 15 runners declared for the Eventsec Handicap Hurdle (6.05) while the pair team up again later with Full Cry in the Mount Charles Handicap Hurdle (7.05).

The going at Down Royal is currently good.

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